Avengers: Infinity War has broken both domestic and global box office records in its opening weekend. It saw a $258.2 million domestic box office take, besting the previous record held by Star Wars: The Force Awakens by $10 million.
Worldwide, it took in a new opening weekend record of $640.9 million, $100 million more than the previous record holder The Fate of the Furious. The number does not include box office from China or Russia, where it has yet to open. Industry experts note that the film could reach the $1 billion mark before China’s box office sales even begin.
With Avengers: Infinity War, the 19 Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films released in the last decade have collectively grossed over $15 billion.
The opening weekend grosses of Avengers: Infinity War, which opened #1 in every market, were “unexpected and unlike anything that anyone would have projected,” said Disney Worldwide Distribution Chief Dave Hollis.
He added, “Honestly, this is a result that goes unbelievably beyond what anyone would have expected. But it’s also a reflection of what 10 years of really methodical work and a great campaign, and an unbelievably strong movie and every single person being in the movie and what that means for driving people into cinemas.”
Avengers: Infinity War was off to a strong start domestically, taking in $106 million on Friday alone (including $39 million from Thursday night previews, making it Marvel’s biggest preview ever), although the Friday record is still held by Star Wars: The Force Awakens with $119 million.
However, Infinity War is the new champ for highest-grossing Saturday with $83 million (besting Jurassic World‘s $69.6 million) and highest-grossing Sunday with $69 million (besting The Force Awakens‘ $60.5 million).
Over the weekend, the Top 10 highest grossing films domestically were:
1. Avengers: Infinity War ($258,184,000)
2. A Quiet Place ($10,650,000)
3. I Feel Pretty ($8,130,000)
4. Rampage ($7,105,000)
5. Black Panther ($4,381,000)
6. Super Troopers 2 ($3,600,000)
7. Truth or Dare ($3,210,000)
8. Blockers ($2,945,000)
9. Ready Player One ($2,435,000)
10. Traffik ($1,620,000)
Avengers: Infinity War is rated “fresh” on RottenTomatoes with 84% positive reviews from critics, and a 93% approval rating from fans. According to RottenTomatoes, the critics’ consensus says the film “ably juggles a dizzying array of MCU heroes in the fight against their gravest threat yet” and is a “thrilling, emotionally resonant blockbuster.”
Avengers: Infinity War features a star-filled cast including Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Strange, Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk, Tom Holland as Spider-Man, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, and more.
The MCU film franchise launched in 2008 with the release of Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk. In 2010, Iron Man 2 premiered; and in 2011, Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger premiered.
Marvel’s The Avengers came along in 2012, followed by Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World in 2013. Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy debuted in 2014; and Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man came along in 2015. Captain America: Civil War and Dr. Strange debuted in 2016, and three more in the saga were released in 2017: Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, Spiderman: Homecoming, and Thor: Ragnarok.
Black Panther launched in mid-February 2018 and saw a monstrous international box office take of more than $1.33 billion and counting.